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Nevada Mule Deer Hunting

Hunters in Nevada really struggled in 2020 for big bucks. With the exception of a few units, the statewide population and age class are down. Most of Nevada is in some level of drought. In the middle of March, there were some storms rolling across Nevada. Even the mountains around Vegas had some snow from the last storm. Hopefully that continues right through the beginning of summer. It’s too early to tell how the moisture levels are going to end up, but it does not look great for Nevada at this time.

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Nevada has some great genetics, and on good moisture years, it can compete with any other state for trophy quality. Southeastern Nevada typically receives most of the hype when it comes to trophy class bucks, and for good reason with lower tag numbers, great genetics, and thick enough cover for bucks to grow old. The units in northeastern Nevada are producing some great bucks as well and should be looked at for an opportunity at 170-180"+ bucks. If you are looking for a 180" buck, you should stick to our top picks unless you have inside information on where a big buck is.

Nevada Mule Deer Season Dates

Nevada has one of the earliest archery seasons in the West. It’s a great time to be chasing velvet bucks. Most units’ seasons start out with a month-long archery hunt that begins August 10th followed by a three-week muzzleloader season that runs into October. Once you get to the rifle seasons, it becomes a little more dynamic. Most have split rifle hunts (early and late) and two-week seasons, with some exceptions. Most of the northwest units have moved to an extended month-long season from October 5th to November 5th to allow hunters more opportunity to harvest in units that have lower deer densities. Units 101-109, 171-173, and 221-223 have three different rifle seasons. There are quite a few other units with different season dates than the normal ones, which allows some premium hunt dates for all weapons. The wide variety of hunts offered during different times of the year provides plenty of opportunities to fit a hunt into your schedule.

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Nevada’s deer population, like all other states, is tied to suitable habitat. With the dry, arid climate that encompasses much of the state, it’s no shock that deer densities are not as high as other western states. One could only imagine how many deer Nevada could hold if the state could do something about all the feral wild horses that are destroying Nevada’s habit. Nevada’s wild horse population is at an all-time high of 52,000 horses. It is hard to image how much wildlife Nevada could have if they ever removed the majority of the horses.

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Even in Nevada’s top units, mature bucks can be difficult to find, so prepare for a long hunt regardless of the trophy potential of that unit and know that a great buck can come from almost any unit in the state.

 

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Application Dates for Mule Deer in Nevada

The Nevada application deadline is May 10, 2021 at 11:00 p.m. (PST).

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Nevada Non-Resident Mule Deer Hunting Fees

2021 NEVADA NON-RESIDENT FEES
Up-Front Fees
Hunt/Fish Combo License (365-day license) $156
Youth Hunt/Fish Combo License (365-day license) $16
Application Fee (all species except elk) $14
Silver State Tag Application Fee (all species except elk) $24
PIW Application Fee $11
Bonus Point Only Fee $11
Post Draw Fees (if successful)
Deer (regular draw tag) $241

 

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